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Off the Shelf: Sex Criminals, vol #2

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One CopSex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After Jon & Suzy’s wild bank-robbing adventures come to a close, the pair try to figure out what’s next for them. They move in together, they argue, they lose interest in one another & then, thankfully, rediscover why they like each other so much. Jon’s mistakes lead the so-called Sex Police to tear down Suzie’s library & he does some investigating of his own on the trio behind the SP. Suzie & Jon contact a former porn star with similar abilities as them to find a way to take down the “cops.”

Jon gets a lot of attention in the beginning of this volume & we learn more about his “brain stuff.” Jon’s description of feeling “left behind” in maturity was just as relatable to me as Suzie’s adolescent quest to understand her anatomy. His mini-breakdown is also hilarious & poignant at the same time. (“You might want to get an AIDS test–maybe four to be sure.” Also, his Don’t Worry Be Worry shirt is something I must own.) The development of his story also leads to the reader’s realization that all these characters are flawed-but-likeable, even the hard-ass Myrtle Spurge.

This issue also adds the voices of Jon’s & Suzie’s friends, which is a nice addition as they give our main characters support & make them feel like more than two freaks hiding from the normals. Rachelle’s & Suzie’s reconciliation is great & Robert’s stories contrasts Jon’s in interesting ways. Also, The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act porn parody is wonderfully over-the-top & enjoyable especially if you’re reading that series as well.

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